Imaging of Infections (IOI) Interest Group


The incidence of infectious disease as well as opportunistic infections accompanying other major diseases is increasing.  Specific microbiological diagnosis is established to a limited degree for pulmonary infections, and the interpretation of sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage samples is problematical because of the lack of clear distinction between colonization and infection. Histological demonstration of microorganisms in tissue biopsy remains the most reliable proof of invasive opportunistic infection, but is rarely available because of the risk of haemorrhagic complications. Many organisms that do not normally cause disease in immunocompetent persons can become life-threatening in those with compromised immune systems. Cancer patients undergoing immunosuppressive therapy and transplant recipients are especially at risk for contracting one of these infections as most people who die of AIDS do not die from the virus itself. They die from opportunistic infections.

WMIS invites you to find your place to grow, collaborate and make a difference – join the IOI Interest Group today.

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Imaging of Infection
Hear from the experts about the applications of molecular imaging for infections and from the Imaging of Infections (IOG) Interest Group leader, Sanjay Jain.
Sanjay Jain, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Alvaro Ordonez, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Stephan Wiehr, Werner Siemens Imaging Center, Tubingen, Germany

IOI at WMIC 2014 and 2015

From WMIC 2015 in Hawaii
Imaging of Infections (IOG) Interest Group Spotlight Session 2

Moderated by Chris Palestro and Dima A. Hammoud

Novel Imaging Tracers for Rapid and Noninvasive Assessment of Bacterial Infections
Sanjay K Jain, MD, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Molecular imaging of viral infections and their sequalae
Dima A Hammoud, MD, Investigator, Center for Infectious Disease Imaging, Neuroradiologist, Radiology and Imaging Sciences, NIH

Multimodality imaging of C. rodentium infection during antibiotic chemotherapy
James W Collins, PhD, Research Associate, Imperial College, London
View presentations
Click here to learn more about Molecular Imaging Goes Viral: Spotlight on Infectious Diseases

From WMIC 2014
View the WMIC 2014 plenary, spotlight and scientific sessions devoted entirely to Infectious Diseases.
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Mission Statement

To globally advance the implementation of imaging technologies as well as the development of new biomarkers for infections of various origin.

Member Access

To join the IOI Interest Group, click here.